A 30-year industry veteran, Watts invented the process now referred to as "Digital Intermediate" with "Pleasantville." Later, he pioneered the use of digital still cameras as a high resolution replacement for film cameras on "Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride"
Famous for doing the impossible, on a budget.
He has worked in visual effects since the early 1990s. He recently served as visual effects supervisor on the films "Street Kings", "Case 39", and "Where the Wild Things Are" and in 2007 made visual effects history with the hit film "300". Watts also helmed vfx for the the remake of John Carpenter's classic horror film "The Fog," and was a consultant to Tim Burton's stop-motion animated feature "Corpse Bride." Watts' other credits as visual effects supervisor include Joe Dante's "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" and Andrew Niccol's "Gattaca." He has also worked on such films as Alfonso Cuaron's "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," Roland Emmerich's "The Day After Tomorrow," the animated feature "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie," Kevin Reynolds's "Waterworld," and "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," for director Kenneth Branagh.
His first movie job was for the 1985 film "Five Corners", directed by Tony Bill.
In 2004, Watts won a Visual Effects Society Award for his work on Joseph Kahn's music video for Britney Spears' hit song "Toxic." He was nominated in 2001 for an MTV Music Video Award for U2's "Elevation, and was also nominated by the VES for the "best single shot of the year" for the "crazy horse" shot in 300. Watts, along with Derek Wentworth, Grant Freckelton, and Daniel Leduc, won the 2008 Satellite Award for best Visual Effects for "300" He was also nominated for a Saturn Award and a VES award for his work on 300.
Between feature films, Watts supervises visual effects for commercials, music videos, and other venues.
Watts can run a set in English & French, and has a (rapidly fading) working knowledge of written and spoken Hangul (Korean)
Watts is an accomplished photographer, and a member of Local 600. He especially enjoys photographing live music events and has covered shows around the world, including Coachella 2009, and has photographed artists ranging from underground Los Angeles acts to international stars.